Time Management Tools for Writers
It can often be difficult to manage your time as a writer. Often writers work for themselves, meaning you have to work your writing life around your day-to-day life. This can become tricky, especially if you find yourself writing lots one day and hardly anything another day. How can you work as productively as possible without wasting time worrying about this? Here are a few tools you can use to improve your time management!
1. Set a timer
This is a super simple tip when you sit down to write, set a timer on your phone for the amount of time you want to work for. Then set aside your phone and don’t look at it again until the timer goes off! This is especially useful for people who forget to take breaks and find themselves getting distracted and procrastinating instead of working. When your timer goes off, set yourself another for 15 minutes and take a proper break for those 15 minutes – get a drink, walk around, or listen to some music. That way, when you come back to your work, you can focus on your writing properly.
2. Use an online calendar
Using a calendar to block out your day can be a very effective tool for managing your time. For example, you can put in the tasks you have to do each week and block out chunks of time to get your writing done between all the everyday tasks you need to do. This way, when you’re writing, you’re not worrying about the other things you need to get done so that you can focus 100% on your writing!
3. Schedule feedback sessions
This is a great way to hold yourself accountable – plan to meet up, virtually or in person, with someone you want feedback from, such as your writing partner if you have one. Set a target of how much writing you want to get done before this meeting, and let the person know your target. That way, they will be able to help you stay on track!
4. Set yourself a target each day
Set yourself a target at the beginning of each workday, such as the number of words you want to have written or the number of pages you want to have edited by the end of the day. If this is too difficult for you to stick to, break the day down into sections, and set a target for each of these.
Writing can be difficult at times, so if you don’t manage to hit your targets on some days, remember how much progress you have made compared to what you would have done without your targets. As with everything, the aim is to be better, not perfect, and writing often takes time; it is rarely done well under pressure or time constraints. Hopefully, these tools will help you take control of your time management and improve as a writer!
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